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Pseudochromis

posted: 05/15/12
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Pseudochromis belong to the Pseudochromidae family, and are commonly referred to as Dottybacks. Most members of this group of fish are classified in the genus Pseudochromis, and a few in the genus Labracinus. These fish are brightly colored and small compared to their closest relative, the Groupers. Most of these fish reach a size of three inches in an aquarium, and the largest member of this family reaches an adult size of around seven inches in the wild. Most members of this family are brightly colored, and make interesting aquarium specimens. Pseudochromis are found in tropical waters throughout the world, frequenting coral reefs or rocky areas. Most members are solitary though some may be seen in pairs.

These fish are very hardy aquarium specimens that adjust well to an aquarium setting. Pseudochromis feed on plankton, small crustaceans, and worms. In an aquarium, pseudochromis will accept most prepared foods, and help to keep the population of bristleworms under control in reef aquariums. The ideal aquarium should include a well-sealed lid, and plenty of rockwork and hiding places. Only one species should be maintained in an aquarium, as these fishes are extremely territorial. In most cases, no recognizable characteristics differentiate males from females. Several species of pseudochromis have been successfully spawned in an aquarium.

They are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Anthias, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Goatfish, Gobies, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Squirrelfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

Caution is required with: Large Angelfish, Batfish, Blennies, Cardinalfish, Filefish, Hogfish, Parrotfish and Puffers.

They are not compatible with: Anglers & Frogfish, Basslets, Eels, Groupers, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Pseudochromis, Seahorses & Pipefish, Sharks & Rays, Triggerfish and Wrasse.

- Australian Pseudochromis

- Bicolor Pseudochromis

- Diadem Pseudochromis

- Fridman's Pseudochromis

- Neon Pseudochromis

- Purple Pseudochromis

- Splendid Pseudochromis

- Springer's Pseudochromis

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